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5 Hair Loss Myths and Partial Truths Put Under the Microscope

Posted Tuesday 28 August 2018 21:58 by in Hair Loss by Tim Deakin

Misinformation can prevent you from treating hair loss effectively, so let’s establish the facts surrounding the condition.

Hair loss is a common condition. In fact, it’s a natural part of life, as both men and women lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, and 80% of this is due to washing or brushing the hair. However, for some people hair loss can occur at a highly increased rate. This can cause both distress and a lack of confidence.

You should know that you do not suffer alone. Around 40% of men will experience significant hair loss by the age of 35, and around half of women over 65 experience balding. But despite how common the condition is, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding hair loss.

To combat that, we are going to take 5 common statements regarding hair loss and put them under the microscope.

“You will definitely lose your hair if your parents did”

It is generally considered factual that if hair loss is common in your family, you will be more likely to deal with it at some point in your life. This is true, but it is not the only factor which plays a part in the balding process.

There is no single ‘hair loss gene’ which is passed down through family members. Hair loss is a polygenetic condition, which means it is determined by an assortment of genes from your immediate and extended family. Therefore, your father losing his hair does not guarantee that you will lose yours.

“Hair thinning only occurs with age”

Many people believe that you only start to lose your hair after a certain age, but the harsh reality is that you’re never too young to start losing your hair. The age at which your hair loss begins is largely due to genetics, though the condition does become more common as you get older.

However, the good news is that the reverse is also true: hair loss in old age isn’t a guarantee, and you could end up keeping a full head of hair well into old age.

“Only men can suffer genetic hair loss”

While it is true that hair loss is much more common in men (as 80% of men will experience male pattern baldness by the age of 80), this doesn’t mean that it is impossible for women to suffer with hair loss. On the contrary, up to 40% of women have visible hair loss by the age of 40. However, women are also much more likely to seek medical advice regarding their hair loss (53% compared to 26% of men).

“Wearing a hat will encourage baldness”

Some people blame hat wearing for their hair loss, claiming that a hat stops their scalp from ‘breathing’. However, your hair follicles actually receive their oxygen supply from the blood stream, so blocking off outside air will not make any difference to your chances of experiencing hair loss. Dirty hats however can lead to scalp infections, which may accelerate hair loss.

“Shampooing your hair frequently will make it fall out”

As we mentioned earlier, we lose around 50-100 hairs a day, and many of these are due to washing. However, washing your hair less is not the key to beating hair loss. This level of hair loss is perfectly normal, and the average adult will grow more hairs than they lose. By delaying your shampooing session, you’re only delaying the loss of these hairs until your next wash.

You may think that hair loss is an inevitable condition, but there is effective treatment available. Finasteride and Propecia are both available from Express Pharmacy. Get in touch today by calling 0208 123 07 03 or using our discreet online Live Chat service.

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How Do You Stop Hair Loss?

Posted Thursday 16 August 2018 15:06 by in Hair Loss by Tim Deakin

British men are the most likely in Europe to become anxious about balding, but the least likely to do anything about it. In fact, 60% of hair loss sufferers say they would rather have more hair than money or friends.

For many men, hair loss can affect their confidence and their overall happiness. It can leave you feeling powerless and unable to do anything about it. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. There are certain measures and treatments you can take to reduce your symptoms and even encourage regrowth.

Explore prescription medications

75% of men believe their hair loss cannot be prevented, and 87% do not know that there are scientifically proven and medically approved hair loss treatments. Once the discovery is made, it can really add a sense of hope to men struggling with male pattern baldness.

Finasteride is a clinically proven hair loss medication. It works by inhibiting the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes the hair follicles to shrink and fall out. This allows Finasteride to not only slow the loss of hair, but to actually encourage regrowth too.

Try a laser comb

Aside from medication like Finasteride, the only hair loss treatment to receive FDA approval is the laser comb. Although the exact way the comb works has not yet been fully understood, it is believed that it uses low power lasers to create an antioxidant effect on hair follicles. In one study of over one hundred men, 26 weeks of using the laser comb three times a week resulted in significant hair growth and strength in participants.

Switch your shampoo

The main culprit of hair loss is DHT, so you may see some positive results by switching to an anti-DHT shampoo. These are becoming more and more common, so it shouldn’t be difficult to track down. Seek out products which contain 1-2% ketoconazole — a drug which blocks the conversion of testosterone to DHT in a similar way to Finasteride.

Change your hair products

There is some evidence relating hair products with hair loss, though this link hasn’t been proven causal so take it with a pinch of salt. However, using hair care products such as tough gels with lots of chemicals can make the products difficult to remove completely from the scalp. This may lead to the products becoming trapped in the follicles, making it more difficult for hair to come through to the surface. Try swapping out your hair products for more natural alternatives.

Try to avoid overly hot showers

Although there is no evidence to directly link hot showers with hair loss, it is true that overly hot showers can strip the scalp of its essential oils, causing dryness, flakiness and irritation. Some experts believe that this irritation can cause the hair follicles to shrink, leading to thinning hair.

Try a scalp massage

One Japanese study by researchers Koyama et al found that a scalp massage has the potential to improve blood circulation to the follicles, and in turn increase hair density. Massages are also an effective way of reducing stress levels, which is another factor relating to hair loss.

Have a transplant

Hair transplants are one of the more extreme hair loss treatment options, but may be the right course of action if your hair loss is significant and you want fast results. Men are more likely than women to look into hair restoration surgery (20% vs. 12%), but be sure to research around the subject fully so you know exactly what to expect.

Safe and effective medication for hair loss, such as Finasteride and Propecia, is available from Express Pharmacy. Get in touch today for further information by calling 0208 123 07 03 or by using our discreet online live chat service.

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10 Tips for a Healthier Summer

Posted Saturday 04 August 2018 17:04 by in Primary Care Givers by Tim Deakin

We all deserve a little fun in the sun this summer, but here’s a reminder of how to stay safe and healthy too.

Now that summer (and the summer holidays) is in full swing, many of us are busy enjoying regular barbeques, sunbathing sessions, beach days and afternoon cocktails. You might even be jetting off somewhere hot for a week or two. Whatever you’re doing, it’s important to enjoy yourself and have fun. However, it’s also important to remember to stay healthy.

There’s never a bad time to refresh yourself on how to maintain your health and wellbeing during the summer months, and that’s exactly what we’re here to do. From sunscreen to smoothies, here are our 10 tips for a healthier summer.

Apply sunscreen regularly

Sun damage is cumulative, and an estimated 90% of skin ageing is caused by the sun. So the first and most vital step to staying healthy this summer is remembering to apply – and reapply – your sun protection.

Stay hydrated

20% of men drink no water at all throughout the day, as do 13% of women. This is particularly damaging in the summer, when we sweat more and therefore become more easily dehydrated. It’s recommended that you try to consume 8 large glasses of water a day, so make this the target you aim for.

Stay fit

Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many serious conditions including stroke, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancer, obesity, mental health concerns and musculoskeletal problems. So whether it’s running, hitting the gym or just enjoying some summer walks, make sure you get moving.

Try swimming

If you’re going to up your fitness game this summer, swimming is a great way to go about it. In fact, a study published by Swim England found that swimming lowers the risk of early death by 28%. If you’re heading abroad, make the time to get in a few lengths of the pool each day.

Be aware of ‘healthy’ smoothies

A study by the British Medical Association found that people who swapped their smoothie for whole fruits three times a week reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes by 7%. That’s because, while smoothies do contain plenty of fruit, they also tend to contain high levels of sugar. Be sure to check the label before you buy.

Exfoliate

Summer means more dead skin cells, which means keeping your skin fresh and clean is vital. Exfoliation not only removes dead skin cells, but can also improve blood circulation to the face. Just be sure to tone and moisturise your skin afterwards, and reapply your sun protection.

Protect your hair

The combination of harsh sunlight, salt water and chlorinated pool water can wreak havoc on your hair, so like your skin, you need to remember to protect and treat your mane with nourishing conditioner and hair masks.

Consume your healthy fats

In the UK, the intake of healthy fatty acids is now well below the recommendation of 2%. On average, we consumer 0.7% of healthy fats. Fat gets a bad reputation, but making healthy fats a staple part of your diet is vital to your all-round health. Nutritionists recommend the equivalent of one tablespoon of olive oil a day to keep you hydrated and protect against UV damage.

Cool down with healthy snacks

According to research by Harris Interactive, young women with children are the most likely culprits to indulge in unhealthy snacks rather than having three square meals a day. If you do require a snack, make it a healthy one. Yoghurts, fruit, mixed nuts or even just some bottled water might be all you need to cool down by the pool.

Try something new

Hobbies are good for both your mind and body. In fact, research shows that engaging in enjoyable activities can reduce feelings of depression and even lower blood pressure. What will your new summer activity be?

If you have any health queries this summer, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Express Pharmacy. We provide essential medication for a variety of conditions and concerns. Call today on 02028 123 07 03 or get in touch via our discrete live chat service.

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Don’t Let Unwanted Facial Hair Ruin Your Summer

Posted Monday 30 July 2018 11:46 by in Women's Medication by Tim Deakin

For many women, unwanted facial hair lowers their self esteem every day. Here’s how to make sure you can enjoy your summer without worry

The last thing anyone wants to feel during the summer is low confidence. But for many women, unwanted facial hair stops them feeling as good as they should about themselves. In order to deal with this condition effectively, it’s important to gain a greater understanding of unwanted facial hair and the treatments available.

Why do women get unwanted facial hair?

There are a few possible causes for unwanted facial hair in women, but the main factor which leads to the condition is a hormonal imbalance, often brought on by age.

More specifically, many women find that unwanted facial hair starts to become a problem around the same time as they are going through the menopause. The menopause brings a significant shift in hormones which starts years before the menopause itself takes place, but accelerates when it does.

As women age, their oestrogen levels decrease, while testosterone levels stay largely the same. This can sometimes lead to bodily changes that are more commonly associated with men, such as the production of facial hair.

Dr Neil Schultz, founder of the skin specialist site DermTv.com, says:

“As female hormones normally decline with age, and women’s male hormone levels (yes, all normal women have a small amount of male hormone) remain constant, their hair follicles in male distribution response to the relatively greater amount of male hormone by growing hair in the beard area and losing it on their scalp.”

Unwanted facial hair in young women is often the result of conditions like PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which affects around 20% of women and can result in hormone imbalances.

What do women do to get rid of unwanted facial hair?

Unwanted facial hair most commonly occurs on the chin, cheeks and upper lip. Some women don’t find it to be an issue and are happy to leave it there, while others try a variety of methods to get rid of it effectively.

Tweezing is one of the most common methods, but it is also one of the most painful. It can also be time consuming and can irritate the skin where the hair follicle was growing. Shaving is a safe and fast way to deal with facial hair, but it is less efficient as it must be repeated frequently. It also carries a stigma of appearing “unfeminine”. However, shaving does not, despite popular belief, make the hair thicker when it grows back in.

Other methods include threading, waxing and laser hair removal. These produce longer lasting results, especially laser hair removal, but can become costly and time consuming as they require professional intervention. Laser hair removal involves zapping the hair follicle with heat, which destroys it.

Vaniqa: effective unwanted facial hair relief medication

For many women, effective unwanted facial hair medication is the best course of action for dealing with their symptoms as thoroughly as possible. Vaniqa is an effective medication, designed for application to the skin. It has been shown to lead to effective hair removal on the face and adjacent areas under the chin, and results can be seen after as little as 4 to 8 weeks when used twice a day, at least 8 hours apart.

Vaniqa works by slowing down the rate of growth of the facial hair. It alters the growth stage of the hair cycle by interfering with an enzyme in the follicle which is necessary for the hair to grow. Vaniqa is available from Express Pharmacy. In independent customer reviews, the unwanted facial hair medication is rated 10/10.

If you have any queries regarding your health concerns, contact our team today. You can call us on 0208 123 07 03 or use our discreet online Live Chat service.

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Fall in Love With Your Feet Again This Summer

Posted Thursday 26 July 2018 14:10 by in Express Pharmacy by Tim Deakin

Fungal nail infections can not only knock your confidence, but can also lead to pain and discomfort down the line

For many of us, summer is the time of year when we finally let our feet breathe in sandals and flip-flops after months cooped up in shoes. This is especially true if you’re planning a trip abroad to somewhere hot and sunny over the coming months.

However, for those with conditions like fungal nail infections, the thought of getting your feet out in public can be a daunting one. With any condition, understanding it is the first step to beating it, which is why we’re going to show you how to spot, prevent and treat fungal nail infections this summer.

What is a fungal nail infection?

A fungal infection can affect any part of the body, and is normally present alongside various bacteria. When the fungus starts to grow, an infection can occur. Onychomycosis, also known as tinea unguium, is the name of the fungal infection which grows specifically in the fingernails or toenails.

What causes a fungal nail infection?

A fungal nail infection occurs as the result of an overgrowth of fungi in, on or under the nail. These fungi thrive in warm and moist environments, making them more common on your toenails as your feet spend more time confined within shoes and socks.

Fungal nail infections can also be spread through contact. If you receive a manicure or pedicure at a salon, it’s important to query whether the tools have been effectively disinfected, as emery boards and clippers can spread fungal infections from person to person if not sanitized.

Who is at risk of fungal nail infections?

Anyone can get a fungal nail infection if they put themselves at risk. However, certain people have been shown to be more susceptible. Infections are more common in men than women, and more likely to occur in adults than children, especially those older than 65. If you have a relative who often gets fungal nail infections you are also more likely to get them.

Other risks factors include:

  • Having diabetes
  • Having a disease that causes poor circulation
  • Swimming in a public pool
  • Suffering a nail injury or an injury to the skin around the nail
  • Wearing artificial nails
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Wearing closed-toe shoes

What are the signs of a fungal nail infection?

Fungal nail infections can affect part of a nail, the whole nail or more than one nail. Symptoms usually include:

  • Scaling under the nail (subungual hyperkeratosis)
  • A distorted nail that lifts off the nail bed
  • White or yellow streaks on the nail (lateral onychomycosis)
  • An odour coming from the infected nail
  • Crumbing corner or tip of the nail (distal onychomycosis)
  • A brittle or thickened nail
  • White flaky areas on the nail surface
  • Yellow spots at the bottom of the nail (proximal onychomycosis)
  • Loss of the nail completely

How do you prevent a fungal nail infection?

Thankfully, fungal nail infections are preventable with a few simple lifestyle changes. Taking care to ensure your nails are clean, dry and well trimmed is the best way to avoid infection. You can also:

  • Dry your feet well after showering, especially between your toes
  • Use antifungal sprays regularly
  • Reduce your use of artificial nails and nail varnish
  • Avoid being barefoot in public places
  • Wear socks that minimise moisture

How do you treat a fungal nail infection?

If you do suffer with a fungal nail infection, take comfort in the knowledge that effective anti-fungal medication is available. Curanail is a treatment specifically designed to fight infections in fingernails and toenails. It has been clinically proven to clear over 75% of fungal toenail infections (and 85% of fungal fingernail infections) within six months.

Anti-fungal medication like Curanail is available from Express Pharmacy. Get in touch with our team of expert pharmacists today by calling 0208 123 07 03 or by using our discreet live chat service.

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Toenail Fungus on Tuesday 08 January 2019 07:45

Best of luck for your next blog.

Thank you for such a wonderful article and sharing.

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on Friday 25 January 2019 15:23
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Hi there,

Thank you for your lovely comment on our blog. We endeavour to post interesting articles, to keep all patients informed and educated on particular health related issues. If you have any blog requests, please let us know!

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